Islamabad :Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s allegations that Pakistan was trying to influence the outcome of the assembly elections in Gujarat was “utterly baseless and irresponsible”, the neighbouring country has said. “India should stop dragging Pakistan into its electoral debate and win victories on own strength rather than fabricated conspiracies, which are utterly baseless and irresponsible,” spokesperson of Pakistan’s ministry of foreign affairs Mohammad Faisal tweeted on Sunday.
Modi on Sunday referred to a Face book Post by the Former director general of the Pakistan army Sardar Arshad Rafiq , saying that Senior Congress leader Ahmebd Patel should be he next Gujarat chief minister .The post was covered by a section of the Indian media. The Congress was quick to deny the charges and asked Modi’s government to repatriate Pakistan’s top diplomat in the country if he was indeed medding in an Indian election.
“It’s a foregone conclusion that he has abdicated the politics of development in both action and words. But does it befit the stature of the Prime Minister to rely on canards, rumours & lies just for an election? This is very sad,” Patel, Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary, tweeted. This was not the first time the BJP has referred to Pakistan in an election campaign . Last year, ahead of the Assam election ,which it, the BJP said if the Congress won , fireworks would go off in celebration in Pakistan.
“Modi is back to the same old Pakistan bogey . It was Mian Musharraf in 2002… Sir Creek issues in 2012 , and now he’s talking about Pakistan’s interference in Gujarat polls. If Modi thinks that Pakistan is meddling in Gujarat Poll’s why doesn’t he expel the Pakistani High commissioner in India?” the Party’s national spokesperson Manish Tewari asked.Is Modi suggesting Singh and former VP Hamid Ansari are untrustworthy people? It’s not Singh but PM Modi who went to Lahore and we got (the) Pathankot terror attack” Tewari said.
Abhishek Manu Singhvi, another Congress spokesperson, said Patel himself had dismissed recent rumours that he would be made chief minister if the Congress won. The first phase of the Gujarat elections ended on Saturday; 89 seats went to the polls. The second phase, for 93 seats is on December 14 and campaigning ends on December 12.